Firm Profile > Coronel & Pérez > Guayaquil, Ecuador

Coronel & Pérez
AV. 9 DE OCTUBRE N. 100 Y MALECON
EDIFICIO LA PREVISORA, PISO 24, OFICINA 2401
GUAYAQUIL
Ecuador

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The team at Coronel & Pérez is highly skilled, particularly in international arbitration, commercial litigation and disputes which see the government on the other side of the table. The group includes a number of partners with various sector expertise; IT-specialist Hernán Pérez Loose is representing Amdocs Ecuador in a public procurement dispute against Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicaciones relating to the alleged breach of several contracts. Jorge Sicouret Lynch acts for Electroquil in an administrative judicial action against the Ecuadorian electricity regulator Arconel challenging the decision of the latter to terminate the client's operations in the electricity market. César Coronel Jones is another key team member.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Led by Boanerges Rodríguez FreireCoronel & Pérez's team fields experienced lawyers, who regularly advise on investment and financing projects. Recent highlights include assisting IDB Invest with the structuring and closing of a $36m loan relating to Oleana Group's debt restructure and plant construction. Visa, Latin America Reserve Fund and Primus Capital are also clients. Associate Boanerges Rodríguez Velásquez has notable strength advising financial institutions on the structuring of loans to local business groups.

Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Coronel & Pérez has considerable experience in local antitrust matters, which ranges from investigations regarding unfair and abusive practices to internal audit and compliance processes. Recent work saw Boanerges Rodríguez Freire assisting Compañía de Seguros de Vida with antitrust filings relating to its acquisition by Equivida. César Coronel Jones is acting for Kimberly-Clark in challenging several court actions against the Ecuadorian antitrust agency. Jorge Sicouret Lynch is also well versed in administrative and constitutional law. Litigation expert Hernán Pérez Loose as well as senior associates Boanerges Rodríguez Velásquez and César Sánchez Icaza are other key contacts.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Coronel & Pérez is experienced in transactional and corporate law, where it is retained by national and international clients. Boanerges Rodríguez Freire, who is specialised in the insurance and financial services sectors, assisted Grupo Bolivar with the sale of a second-tier subsidiary to Equivida. Dentons instructed the firm to act as local counsel on several matters: César Coronel Ortega advised KKR in Ecuador on the process of negotiating and buying Unilever's spreads business. Hernán Pérez Loose regularly advises Grupo Vilaseca and Sumifru Singapore on corporate matters. Jorge Sicouret Lynch is another key contact. Associate Boanerges Rodríguez Velásquez is also noted.

Tax Tier 3

Coronel & Pérez's team assists clients with the tax aspects of transactions, as well as tax and estate planning. Practice head Hernán Pérez Loose, together with Boanerges Rodríguez Freire and associate Boanerges Rodríguez Velásquez, advised Grupo Vilaseca on the corporate restructuring of the group, which was related to governance issues and tax efficiency objectives. Senior associate César Coronel Ortega and Jorge Sicouret Lynch advised a Dutch bank on the Ecuadorian taxation issues of a financing operation related to works at a major transportation and logistics infrastructure facility in Ecuador.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)

Coronel & Pérez's 'highly experiencedCésar Coronel Jones and Hernán Pérez Loose act as counsels and arbitrators. At FERRERE EcuadorJavier Robalino Orellana is 'impressive in his ability to deliver advice and propose innovative and practical solutions to legal problems' and is 'particularly business-minded'. Orellana handles ICSID, ICC, and UNCITRAL proceedings as well as acting as an arbitrator. Rodrigo Jijón-Letort and Juan Manuel Marchán are the key names to note in Pérez Bustamante & Ponce; both have notable expertise in investor-state arbitration and commercial disputes. Xavier Andrade at Andrade Veloz Abogados is also highly recommended, with particular expertise in the construction and mining sectors.

Since 1975, Coronel & Perez has become one of Ecuador’s most renowned law firms and is proud of its international orientation, deep local knowledge and national presence. Among its clients are many multinational companies, and the firm routinely works with other leading law firms from the US, Europe and Latin America. The firm prides itself on the exceptional depth, thoroughness and competence of its professionals, who are known for successfully handling particularly complex matters. Having offices in both Quito and Guayaquil, the firm directly addresses its clients’ needs throughout Ecuador.

Areas of practice
Arbitration and litigation: the firm has extensive experience in the handling of complex arbitration and litigation and has been recognized as a leader in the field, both in Ecuador and abroad. The firm has successfully acted in local, international and investment arbitration, before multiple arbitration centers around the world. The firm’s lawyers have also participated in complex litigation before Ecuadorian and foreign tribunals, international courts and supranational organizations.

Banking, finance and insurance: the firm has a deep knowledge of the way financial products and services work and of the legal framework applicable in Ecuador and other jurisdictions. It has participated in important investment and financial projects, and has represented both private financial institutions, such as the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Latin American Reserve Fund (FLAR) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) of the United States.

Civil, administrative and constitutional law: the firm represents individuals, companies, and institutions, in areas such as private contracts, family law and damage claims. In the areas of administrative and constitutional law, the firm advises clients in all types of procedures, including the negotiation of public contracts and the filing of judicial and administrative recourses and actions.

Competition: the firm represents clients in investigation processes before the national competition and regional authorities and advises companies on questions of local and regional competition law.

Concessions, public-private associations and infrastructure projects: the firm has participated in privatization, concessions and public-private association projects throughout the past decade. Among these projects are the current concessions for the Guayaquil International Airport and for water and sewerage services in Guayaquil.

Corporate law, mergers and acquisitions: Coronel & Perez is one of the firms with the most experience in the corporate field in Ecuador. The firm handles complex corporate transactions and advises on corporate matters regarding both the ordinary course of business and issues affecting specific industries.

Environmental law: the firm has collaborated with government agencies in the setting up of environmental programs and the drafting of regulations. It also advises clients on a wide range of environmental law matters.

International trade and foreign investment: the firm has deep knowledge of the laws that regulate these sectors, including investment protection treaties, routinely advising clients on questions of trade and investment. Coronel & Perez has also worked with the European Commission on the implementation of the EU Ecuador Trade Agreement.

Labor and social security: in addition to providing advice on all issues related to hiring personnel and independent contractors, the firm has represented many clients in the handling of labor relations and collective disputes.

Oil, energy and mining: experience in this field includes not only assistance of clients regarding applicable regulatory framework, but also advice in complex sector-specific disputes and transactions.

Tax and estate planning: Coronel & Perez provides advice in this field paying special attention to the impact of Ecuadorian and foreign tax law. The firm represents several clients in estate planning processes to ensure the sustainability and growth of family-owned businesses.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration and litigation César Coronel Jones
Arbitration and litigation Hernán Pérez Loose
Banking, finance and insurance Boanerges Rodríguez Freire
Banking, finance and insurance Boanerges Rodríguez Velásquez
CIVIL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW César Coronel Jones
CIVIL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW Hernán Pérez Loose
Competition César Coronel Ortega
Competition César Sánchez Icaza
CONCESSIONS, PUBLIC–PRIVATE ASSOCIATIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS Jorge Sicouret Lynch
CONCESSIONS, PUBLIC–PRIVATE ASSOCIATIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS Hernán Pérez Loose
Corporate, M&A César Coronel Jones
Corporate, M&A Boanerges Rodríguez Freire
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW César Sánchez Icaza
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Gabriela Guzmán Flores
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT Jorge Sicouret Lynch
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT Hernán Pérez Loose
Labor and social security Jorge Sicouret Lynch
Oil, energy and mining César Coronel Jones
Oil, energy and mining Hernán Pérez Loose
Tax and estate planning Hernán Pérez Loose
Tax and estate planning Boanerges Rodríguez Freire
Other fee-earners : 13
Partners : 4